Oct. 15, 2012
Washington (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12) at Arizona (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12)
Arizona Football Game Notes (PDF)
Date: Oct. 20 Time: 7 p.m. (MST)
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Stadium -- 51,811)
Television Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks
TV Broadcasters: Ted Robinson (pxp), Glenn Parker (color analyst), Ryan Nece (sideline analyst)
UA Radio: Arizona Radio Network, 1290 AM Tucson (see page 4 of this release for complete list of affiliates)
UA Radio Broadcasters: Brian Jeffries (pxp), Lamont Lovett (color analyst), Dana Cooper (sideline analyst)
UA Spanish Radio: 990 AM -- Francisco Romero (pxp), Marco Rincon (analyst)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 139, XM 197
Online Coverage: GameTracker | Live Audio
Some Game Themes: It's Family Weekend on the UA campus where a pair of 3-3 clubs with strikingly similar résumés try to snap unsavory losing streaks and spark a second-half surge after hitting the midpoint in their respective schedules ... Both sides have faced the daunting task of playing three-straight ranked opponents and four total over their first six games ... The Wildcats hope their one and only bye week presented some key players the necessary time to get healthy, rested and hungry ... The Huskies trek south for what will be the first of four road games over their final six contests ... Home teams have rewarded their crowds with a victory in each of the last four meetings, with UA claiming the last road victory in the series back in 2007 ... The stare-at-the-stats difference between the two teams is clear: UA has relied on its prolific offense to move the ball with ease and faces a stingy UW defense that has made up for a lackluster offensive unit that has yet to top 21 points against an FBS opponent ... A deeper look into the stats uncovers some interesting strategic dilemmas: Can UA's defense, ranked 107th nationally in sacks, pressure quarterback Keith Price and the Huskies who rank 100th nationally in sacks allowed? Can Arizona, which leads the Pac-12 in passing offense, establish the run game against what ranks as the league's worst rush defense? And can Price, who passed for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Cats last year, again find success through the air against the UA pass defense which is surrendering nearly 300 yards per game? ... Arizona's offensive playmakers Matt Scott, Ka'Deem Carey and Austin Hill set out to continue their stellar seasons as some notable single season top-10 charts may come within reach in the coming weeks ... The Wildcats' final crack at a north division foe before gearing up for a five-week stretch against Pac-12 South rivals to close the regular season.
The Coaches: Arizona - Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia '86), first year at Arizona (3-3) and 18th as a head coach overall (123-87-2). Rodriguez was introduced as the 30th head coach of the UA football program on Nov. 22, 2011. He carries Division I records of 3-3 at Arizona, 60-26 at West Virginia (2001-2007) and 15-22 at Michigan (2008-10). He began his head coaching career at Salem (W.Va.) University in 1988 and then coached at Glenville State (W.Va.) from 1990-96. Rodriguez's West Virginia teams were Big East Champions in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 while appearing in two BCS bowls, the 2005 Sugar Bowl with a victory over Georgia for an 11-1 record and a victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl to finish 10-2 shortly after Rodriguez had left for Michigan. Washington - Steve Sarkisian (BYU '97), fourth year at Washington (22-22) and fourth year overall as a head coach. A former WAC Offensive Player of the Year ('96) as a quarterback, he started his coaching career mentoring the position at El Camino College in 2000, and then spent three and four seasons at USC sandwiched around a QB coach job for the Oakland Raiders in 2004. His last two seasons in Los Angeles (2007-08) were as offensive coordinator. He's been on that side of the ball throughout his coaching career. He is 2-1 against Arizona with both victories in Seattle, and has guided UW to two consecutive bowl berths.
Last Week: Arizona enjoyed its much-welcomed bye week, which came at the midpoint of the 12-game regular season, and utilized the extra days to refocus on the fundamentals all while trying to get healthy for the stretch run of conference play. The Cats last played on Oct. 6, dropping an overtime contest, 54-48, at then-No. 18 Stanford. It was the third-straight week - and fourth in five weeks - that UA went toe-to-toe with a nationally ranked foe, a brutal stretch that left the Cats 3-3 after six matchups. Against the Cardinal, Matt Scott passed for the third-most yards in school history (491) and set school and Pac-12 Conference records with 45 completions on 69 attempts, including an astonishing 35 throws in the second quarter alone and 41 in the opening half. Austin Hill was the primary benefactor of the passing frenzy, grabbing a career-high 11 passes for another career high of 165 yards and two touchdowns. While not balanced, UA also got productivity out of its rushing game as Ka'Deem Carey went for 132 yards and three touchdowns against what had been the league's top-ranked rushing defense. The offensive production - 617 total yards - was impressive against a stout defense, especially considering the Cats were without stalwarts Trace Biskin and Kyle Quinn along the O-line. In the end, the Wildcats could neither hold on nor outscore the Cardinal. Stanford trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter before scoring touchdowns on its final three possessions. QB Josh Nunes' 1-yard run with 6:34 remaining sparked the comeback, before the SU defense forced a rare three-and-out for the Cats' offense. Nunes then led the Cardinal back down the field on the ensuing drive, converting a pair of fourth downs, before the signal caller punched in a 3-yard run for the tying score after Jordan Williamson's extra point was good with 45 seconds left. Arizona's only turnover in a school and conference-record 103 plays came on its last play, when a Scott pass was deflected and intercepted by Chase Thomas on UA's opening possession of overtime. Then the Cardinal put an exclamation mark on a fine comeback with Stepfan Taylor's 21-yard game-winning touchdown on the second play of SU's overtime possession.
2011 Arizona at Washington: Arizona jumped to a 10-point lead at the onset but couldn't stop Washington from scoring 14 in a five-minute span in the fourth quarter to beat the Cats, 42-31, in a hard-fought battle in Seattle last October. The Cats had the lead, 31-28, and the ball after Trevin Wade's 12th career interception with a dozen minutes left, but UW held the Cats to a 3-and-out, and then drove 81 yards for the go-ahead points. On the next possession, receiver Juron Criner fumbled a potential first down catch and the Huskies drove 50 yards for the insurance points. It was not exactly a defensive game, with 900 total yards, but each team had three interceptions, including UA's Robert Golden taking a tipped ball back 91 yards for a score to knot the game at 21-all in the third period. Marquis Flowers added the Cats' third pick. Nick Foles, who threw for 388 yards and a pair of scores to Criner, was intercepted in Washington territory twice and in desperation mode near the end in UA's half of the field. The Huskies were led by running back Chris Polk, who finished with 144 yards and four rushing TDs, plus added 100 yards and a score on four receptions for a 244-yard all-purpose evening. Arizona's John Bonano, fresh off his first game as the kicker, socked three field goals including one of 47 yards, but two of those were part of the problem for UA -- points left in the red zone. The Cats had three red zone trips and got 13 points thereby. Washington had six red zone penetrations and scored six touchdowns. UA's rough night on third down -- 3-for-11 -- hurt, as did UW's whopping 10 yards per pass attempt and 18 yards per completion on a nice night from Keith Price. Criner turned in 11 catches for 118 yards. UA had a season-low 36 rushing yards on a season-low 19 tries and the single dimension helped Washington counter the Cats' moves. UA lost on the road for the fourth time in as many tries and fell to 1-5 in league play.
Mirror Images: The opponents may be different, but Arizona and Washington have played strikingly similar schedules and, not coincidentally, each sports a 3-3 record. Both schools have played four of their six games against ranked opponents (at the time of the game), with each side going 1-3 in those contests. The Wildcats defeated No. 18 Oklahoma State on Sept. 8, while the Huskies knocked off No. 8 Stanford on Sept. 27. Arizona dropped showdowns at then-No. 3 Oregon (49-0), vs. then-No. 18 Oregon State (38-35) and at then-No. 18 Stanford (54-48, OT). Meanwhile, Washington came up short at then-No. 2 LSU (41-3), at then-No. 2 Oregon (52-21) and vs. then-No. 11 USC (24-14). The combined record of Arizona's five FBS opponents to date is 24-5, with the teams that beat the Wildcats going 15-2 overall. Washington's five FBS opponents have a combined mark of 25-7, with the teams that beat the Dawgs posting a 17-2 record.
Ready For Red? A key this week just might be success in the red zone, an area that both Arizona and Washington have struggled in at times this season. In fact, the Wildcats are scoring at a 70 percent clip, which ranks in the bottom third of the Pac-12. Arizona has scored touchdowns on just 55 percent of its red zone trips (22-of-40). Meanwhile, Washington has scored at a 72-percent rate in the red zone, but has just a 61 percent clip for red zone touchdowns (11-of-18). Defensively, Arizona is allowing opponents to score at a 92 percent rate, while the Huskies' opponents are scoring at an 81 percent mark in the red zone. However, UW allows red zone touchdowns just 52 percent (11-21) of the time, while UA does so at a 75 percent clip (18-24).
Tracking The Cats: While understanding we're only halfway through the season and there is plenty of football still to be played, the mid-point of the regular season offers a good reference point for taking a peak at some potential season totals. Simply doubling the current statistics will yield some numbers to ponder in the coming weeks to see if the Cats can keep up their current pace through season's end. For instance: will 3,308 offensive yards become 6,616, nearly 1,000 more than the current school record (5,712 in 2010)? Also interesting to note is that Ka'Deem Carey is already tied for the seventh-most rushing touchdowns in a season at the school, while Matt Scott, who has three of the top-nine single game total offense outputs, is less than 300 yards away from cracking the single season top-10 for passing yards. Both players have chart-climbing potential in several categories and could challenge school records if their current numbers continue with healthy and productive second halves of the season.
Records Recap: Arizona's heart-breaking 54-48 overtime loss at Stanford on Oct. 6 included some record-breaking numbers. Here's a look at some of the notable feats:
- Matt Scott set Arizona and Pac-12 Conference records for pass attempts (69) and pass completions (45). Former UA quarterback Willie Tuitama (2005-08) previously held the top school and conference marks with 61 throws and 42 completions, set at California on Sept. 27, 2007.
- Matt Scott set an Arizona record and tied the top mark in conference history with 74 total offensive plays. The Pac-12 record was previously established by Oregon's Danny O'Neil in the 1995 Rose Bowl and by Washington State's Drew Bledsoe in 1992.
- Arizona set a new Pac-12 record for total offensive plays (103). The previous mark of 102 plays was set by Oregon in 2011, California in 1968 and matched by the Wildcats earlier this year against South Carolina State.
- Arizona broke its school record for most offensive yards gained in a conference game (617). The Cats topped their previous high of 595 racked up against California in 1996.
- Arizona and Stanford combined for 65 first downs, breaking UA's school record for combined first downs (63) set last year at USC.
- Arizona tied its own school record and the Pac-12 mark for team passing first downs in a game. The Wildcats had 25 against the Cardinal, which matched UA's total at USC a year ago. Arizona State also had 25 in a game against Washington State in 1989 to set the initial conference record.
Tracking Matt: Senior quarterback Matt Scotthas emerged as one of the most prolific passers in the country in his first full season as a starter. Scott is averaging 349.8 passing yards per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks No. 4 nationally. Added with nearly 40 rushing yards per game, Scott is averaging 386.8 yards in total offense per game, which also leads the Pac-12 and ranks No. 5 nationally. Scott, who is averaging 11.3 yards per completion, has the third-most passing plays of 10-plus yards (91) of any quarterback in the country. He also has 29 passes of 20 or more yards, which ranks fourth-most among FBS quarterbacks. It's all amounts to Scott challenging some single season and career top-10 offensive charts. Here's a look at a few:
- Scott has three of Arizona's top-nine all-time single-game total offense performances (485 at Stanford, 461 vs. Toledo and 432 vs. Oregon State)
- Scott's 2,321 total offense yards in 2012 already rank No. 9 in single-season history. Another 144 yards will move him into the No. 6 spot.
- Scott is five passing touchdowns shy of tying Jim Krohn (1976-79) for the No. 10 spot on the UA career charts.
- Scott is 248 passing yards shy of matching Jason Johnson (2001) for the No. 10 spot and 269 yards shy of matching Marc Reed (1966) for the No. 9 spot on the school's single-season passing yardage chart.
- Scott is 23 pass attempts from tying Alfred Jenkins (312) for the No. 10 spot for single season attempts.
- Scott's 186 pass completions already rank No. 8 in single-season history and are just seven short of Marc Reed's (1966) 193 in the No. 7 spot.
- Scott is five passing TDs short of tying for No. 9 in single-season history (currently has 13).
- Scott's 64.4 percent completion percentage would rank No. 5 in single-season history if it were to hold up through season's end.
Carey The Load: Sophomore running back Ka'Deem Carey, a local product out of Canyon del Oro High School, has emerged as UA's featured back and one of the most underrated players in the Pac-12 through the first six games of the season. Carey ranks third in the Pac-12 with 111.7 rushing yards per game and also checks in third in all-purpose yardage (151.8 ypg). The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder has 11 total scores (10 rushing, one receiving) to lead all Pac-12 players and rank tied for sixth-most nationally. Carey has topped 100 yard rushing four times this season alone, just a year after the Wildcats broke 100 yards as a team only five times in 12 contests in 2011.
More Ka'Deem: While Carey doesn't have the look of a power back, he's a tough, physical inside runner that picks up extra yards after contact. He has a 5.3 yards per carry average, boosted by 19 totes of 10 or more yards, tied for 21st-most nationally. Carey also is an explosive threat in the passing game, where he averages 10.5 yards per reception and ranks fourth on the club with 21 catches for 220 yards. Carey has 10 plays (rushing and passing) from scrimmage that have gone for 20-plus yards, which is tied for 19th-most nationally. His 890 yards from scrimmage are 12th-most individually among all FBS players.
Austin's A-Game: Sophomore receiver Austin Hill is turning in a breakout campaign, highlighted by a career day at then-No. 18 Stanford on Oct. 6. Against the Cardinal, Hill set career highs for receptions (11) and yards (165), while matching his career-best with two touchdowns. UA's most versatile receiver that can play any of the four positions, Hill has become the Wildcats' go-to guy in key situations, evidenced by 28 of his 42 overall receptions (66.7%) resulting in first downs or touchdowns. The Corona, Calif., native is also leading the club in explosive plays, with 11 total receptions going for 20-plus yards, helping him to a team-best 14.5 yards per catch. Those 11 20-plus yard receptions rank tied for sixth-most nationally. Hill is averaging 101.3 receiving yards per game, which ranks No. 14 nationally and No. 4 in the Pac-12 Conference.
Hill Climbing: At the midway point of the season, sophomore receiver Austin Hill is in position to move into some notable school single-season top-10 charts (see page 11 of this release) in the coming games should he remain healthy and productive. Through six games, Hill has 42 receptions for 608 yards and five touchdowns. He is 21 receptions shy of matching Dennis Northcutt's 63 grabs in 1998, which holds down the No. 10 spot. From a yardage standpoint, Hill is 308 yards short of Jeremy McDaniel's 916 markers from that 1998 season, also the No. 10 mark. In the touchdowns category, Hill is just three shy of matching five former Cats who share the No. 10 position.
Youth Movement: Arizona has played 40 freshmen or sophomores this season, comprising more than half of the nearly 75 Wildcats to see the field. The Wildcats have played 10 true freshmen, the fourth-most of any Pac-12 school and among the top-20 nationally (research courtesy of David Plati at Colorado). With redshirts mixed in, UA has played more than 20 freshmen, most on defense. In fact, the youth movement is most prominent on the defensive side of the ball, where 14 of the 22 players listed on the regular two-deep are freshmen or sophomores. From that group, six of UA's top eight tacklers are freshmen or sophomores, led by safeties Jourdon Grandon (42), Jared Tevis (42) and Tra'Mayne Bondurant (39). Bondurant leads the team with 10.5 tackles for loss.
Chain Gang: Arizona has more first downs (193) in six games than 13 Wildcat teams had in full seasons since Arizona affiliated with the Pac-10 in 1978. Tough to think a squad could average 32 per game, but with that amount in the next game the seven-game total would eclipse the season output for another nine Arizona squads in the era. Extrapolating all the way, it's clear the Cats have a shot at the school mark of 309 first downs by the Nick Foles-led Cats of 2011. Only that club and his junior-year Cats in 2008 had more (308) than 300.
Total Offense: Matt Scott needs just 53 yards through the air or on the ground to take over the No. 11 spot on Arizona's career total offense chart (see page 11 for top-10). He has 4,254 yards on 622 plays and trails veer quarterback Jim Krohn (1976-78), who had 4,307 yards on 893 plays. Scott, averaging a remarkable 386.8 yards per game this year, has a whiff of the all-time UA top five in the category, which would take some doing. Passers Nick Foles (9,712 yards from 2009-11), Willie Tuitama (8,727 from 2005-08 and Tom Tunnicliffe (7,336 from 1980-83) head the chart, followed by dual QBs Keith Smith (7,049 from 1996-99), Alfred Jenkins (6,307 from 1983-86), Bruce Hill (6,054 from 1973-75) and Ortege Jenkins (5,577 from 1997-00). Drop-back throwers Dan White (5,312/1993-95) and Jason Johnson (4.307/199-02) also are in front of Scott. The only four-year starter on the list is Tunnicliffe, although Smith and O. Jenkins split some duties for three years after Smitty's freshman year, and Krohn put in heavy duty as a freshman. Tuitama started the latter half of his freshman year and the rest of the way in his career. Foles and White were transfers who started three seasons. Scott's basically a one-year starter - 2012 - putting up some real numbers.
Kickin' Kyle: Senior punter Kyle Dugandzic is putting together a strong season, even if he is averaging less than four punts per game. Dugandzic's overall average is a hefty 44.4 yards per boot, with five 50-plus yarders. He ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 in punting average (44.4), while UA ranks No. 4 in the conference and No. 26 nationally in net punting (39.7). He was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 1) in a losing cause after a sensational performance against Oregon State that included a career-long 70-yard boomer and four of five total punts landing inside the 20-yard line. In that respect, Dugandzic has placed 10 of his 23 punts inside the 20-yard line and has just one touchback.
Dan's The Man: In the receiving jamboree, senior Dan Buckner has been overshadowed by youngster Austin Hill, but the upperclassman has turned in a strong campaign. Buckner is second on the team in receptions (39) and yards (513), and averages 13.2 yards per grab - also second-best on the squad. With a pair of 100-yard receiving games, Buckner joins Hill (three 100-yard games) as one of three Pac-12 duos with multiple 100-yard games. Buckner is tied for No. 7 nationally with 26 receptions of 10-plus yards. He has eight over 20 yards.
Rushing Game: Arizona has rushed for 100 yards in five of its first six games in 2012, just a season removed when it did so in just five games last fall. The Wildcats have 1,098 yards on the ground, an average of 183.0 yards per game (No. 5 in Pac-12). That's a significant improvement over last season's 94.5 per-game tally, which finished ranked second to last in the Pac-12 and No. 114 nationally. In fact, this year's rushing total (1,098) is nearing last year's 12-game total of 1,134 yards. Running back Ka'Deem Carey leads the club with 670 yards, while quarterback Matt Scott ranks second with 222 yards. UA's leading rusher a year ago was senior Keola Antolin, who finished his final season at the school with 568 yards.
1,000-Yard Seasons: Ka'Deem Carey is more than half way toward a 1,000-yard season running the ball (670 yards). He's also half way (126) toward a 250-carry season, last accomplished by UA school-record holder Trung Canidate, who toted the ball 253 times in 1999 for the 1,602 yards that stand atop UA's single-season rushing chart. Clarence Farmer had 209 carries in a 1,229 season in 2001, the most since. Nic Grigsby had 214 totes for 1,196 yards in UA's 2008 season, the last 1,000-yard rusher. From the yardage standpoint, Carey could become Rich Rodriguez'sfirst 1,000-yard rusher from the running back position since Steve Slaton had 1,051 in 2007 at West Virginia. Rodriguez's only 1,000-yard rusher at Michigan was quarterback Dennard Robinson (2010).
Slow Starts: Arizona would like nothing more than to get off to a fast start against Washington this week. It's something the Wildcats have failed to do seemingly all season. In fact, the Wildcats have scored just 20 of their 222 total points and are being outscored 35-20 in the first quarters of games this season. Arizona has not scored in the opening quarter of its three Pac-12 games. Meanwhile, Washington has scored 41 of its 128 total points in the first quarter of games. However, Husky opponents have also enjoyed some early success, scoring 48 points in the opening quarter.
Pass-A-Palooza: Matt Scott and the Arizona offense continue to put up impressive numbers in the pass game. Scott ranks No. 4 nationally and leads all Pac-12 quarterbacks with 2,099 passing yards, and the Wildcats rank No. 5 nationally and tops in the Pac-12 with 368.3 passing yards per game. Compare that to former head coach Mike Stoops' first season (2004) when Arizona passed for just 1,876 yards in 11 games. This year, Arizona's opponents are finding success through the air as well, totaling 1,789 yards on the season (297.0 per game). Combined, you have 3,999 passing yards during six Arizona football games to date (667 per game).
600-Yard Games: Before the season started, Arizona football games had produced just a dozen 600-yard total offense games by the Wildcats or their opponents. After six weeks, there have already been six such occurrences this season. Arizona rolled up 689 yards against South Carolina State (Sept. 15) and 624 yards against Toledo (Sept. 1), the second and third-most single-game offensive outputs in program history. However, UA's opponents have also notched a pair 600-yard games. Oklahoma State racked up 636 yards in a loss on Sept. 8, while Oregon State totaled 613 yards in last week's victory. At Stanford two weeks ago, both the Cats and Cardinal put up exactly 617 yards.
Big Play Bondurant: Perhaps one of the most underrated defenders in the Pac-12 is "Spur" safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant. The true sophomore has a nose for the football and has proven to be a pest for opposing teams. The Vallejo, Calif., native is fifth on the team with 39 total tackles, but he leads all players and ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with 10.5 tackles for loss. The 10.5 stops behind the line surpass UA's season leader from a year ago, since-departed linebacker Derek Earls, who had 7.0 TFLs. Bondurant, who has four passes broken up and a forced fumble this season, turned in a breakout performance in just his second career start a year ago. Then a true freshman, Bondurant had eight tackles, a sack and two pass breakups in Seattle.
Meet The Jacksons: Interestingly, the two Jacksons on Arizona's roster are both walk-on redshirt freshmen. Sir Thomas Jackson has started six games at linebacker for the Wildcats and ranks sixth on the team with 37 tackles. A native of Seattle, Wash., Sir Thomas Jackson has 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack and three pass breakups. On the other side of the ball, San Diego, Calif., native Johnny Jackson has emerged as a weapon in the passing game. Johnny Jackson had a career-high 10 receptions for 75 yards at Stanford two weeks ago. Jackson, who has 18 receptions for 152 yards on the season, could see his role increase in the coming week.
A Budding Star: Converted safety Marquis Flowers continues to develop as a linebacker, a position he was switched to about a week before the start of the season. At 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, Flowers is Arizona's biggest linebacker and ranks as team's leader with 2.5 sacks. Flowers is also second with 6.5 tackles for loss and second on the squad with 44 total tackles. He has added two pass breakups and has forced one fumble.
Man In The Middle: Junior Jake Fischer has been a stalwart middle linebacker in Arizona's new 3-3-5 defensive scheme implemented this season by defense coordinator Jeff Casteel. Fischer, who missed the 2011 season with an ACL injury, leads all Pac-12 players and ranks No. 31 nationally with 9.7 tackles per game (58 total). That's just a couple tackles shy of 10 per game for the slightly undersized 6-foot, 215-pounder. Don't tell that to Fischer, though, who has shown a nose for the ball early in the season. Fischer has 3.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. He was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following a career-high 13-tackle season debut against Toledo on Sept. 1.
Step Right Up: When Jared Tevis went down with an ankle injury against Oregon State, the Wildcats turned to redshirt freshman Patrick Onwuasor (pronounced on-WAH-soh). A former receiver who switched to safety during fall camp, Onwuasor saw his first significant duty as a defender after emerging as a playmaker on special teams coverage units early in the season. Onwausor, who has a team-high six tackles on special teams, finished the Oregon State game with eight tackles. He followed that up with eight more tackles and a pass breakup at Stanford.
Scoring In Perspective: Arizona's 222 points in six games are already challenging some season totals from the past decade. Mike Stoops' first UA team scored 164 points over 11 games in 2004, one season after the Wildcats scored 181 in an 11-game 2003 campaign. To his credit, Stoops' teams steadily improved after the lowly '04 campaign and topped out at 476 points in a 13-game season in 2008. In fact, the 36.6 points per game that season was the second-highest average in program history. The 1954 gridiron squad holds the top mark, a 38.5 per game clip. Rich Rodriguez's first team is sitting at 37.0 with half of the regular season schedule still to come.
Building for the Future: The Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, scheduled to open in August 2013, marks a dynamic shift in the Arizona football culture as it will become the centerpiece of the program on the north end of Arizona Stadium. Supported by private funds, including significant leadership gifts from David and Edith Lowell and from Jeff and Sharon Stevens, the $72.3 million project will provide the Wildcats with one of the premier football facilities in the nation. The facility will be a four-floor operations center with strength training, sports-medicine, coaches offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, equipment and facility service areas. The structure will enclose the north end of the stadium and create a full bowl with nearly 4,000 premium spectator seats, including a donor lounge with outdoor seating. Additionally, stairways and elevator towers for the concourse will connect the structure to the existing east and west stadium sections. Restrooms, amenity areas and a cafeteria will also serve the campus community. Arizona Stadium has an official capacity of 51,811 for this season, but once work is completed on the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the venue will near the some 57,000 seats it has held in recent years.
Up Next: Arizona stays at home to take on No. 10 USC on Saturday, Oct. 27. The game will be televised on a regional basis by ABC at 12:30 p.m. (MST). For those who do not get the game on the ABC regional broadcast, it will be shown on a reverse mirror on ESPN2 to the rest of the country. Thereafter, the Wildcats hit the road for a Nov. 3 game at UCLA. Start time and television information is expected to be announced next Monday, Oct. 22.